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Education Dept. Finds No Violation in Florida Scholarships

December 15, 2014

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has closed an investigation of a Florida scholarship program, finding no civil rights violations, The Miami Herald reported. The investigation was based on complaints that the use of SAT and ACT scores for parts of the scholarship program had a negative impact on black and Latino students' ability to win the full scholarships. The Education Department found that the use of test scores does diminish the chances of black and Latino students, but this is not illegal, according to the department.

Bob Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which filed the complaint against the Florida scholarships, issued this statement: "It is not surprising that the U.S. Department of Education, a national leader in promoting misuse and overuse of standardized exam results to assess students, teachers and schools, would decline to take action against Florida’s test-score based scholarships despite its own finding of the program’s 'statistically significant' negative impact on African Americans and Hispanics. We are pleased, however, that USDOE recognized that some students who score low on the SAT and ACT will do well in college."

 

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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